After just missing out on their first win of the 2019-20 campaign Friday at Southwestern Hanover, Oldenburg Academy lost a low-scoring affair Saturday night (Nov. 16) against another Southwestern – the Lady Spartans of Shelby County.
Trailing throughout the entire first half in which both teams combined for just 20 points, the Lady Twisters came out of the locker room to score the first five points of the second half and knot the game at 13 apiece.
Following a Southwestern timeout, however, the Spartans got a drive from Abby Muck to recapture the lead for good in a 37-29 road victory.
Scoring only seven points through the first 16 minutes, Oldenburg nearly matched that in the opening portion of the third quarter.
Junior Abby Haverkos sank a free throw at 6:10 of the frame and added a traditional 3-point play a minute later to get OA within a deuce. A midcourt steal by the Twisters was finished by senior GiGi Dreyer to tie the game.
The Muck field goal was the Spartans’ first points of the second half, at the 3:25 mark. It seemed to ignite the visitors, who ended the stanza on an 8-2 run. Muck converted a steal to make it 17-13. Aggressively going to the basket, Southwestern earned three trips to the foul line in the last two minutes, hitting three of the six.
After two Spartan free throws by Trinity Tatlock pushed the lead to eight early in the fourth, Oldenburg responded with baskets by Dreyer and sophomore Katie Johnson to halve the Spartan advantage.
Lexi Wilkins then hit a triple for the guests. The Lady Twisters continued to battle, getting a jumper from senior Harlee Masavage and another two from Dreyer. The score was 26-23 with 2:34 left on the clock.
It was still a three-point game after junior Annaliese Nobbe’s bucket with 1:47 remaining.
With just under a minute left, the Spartans’ Maggie Correll missed the second of two free throws; however, teammate Lily Kerber secured the rebound and banged one in to make it 31-25.
A two-possession game, OA called timeout with 26.4 seconds to go. Wilkins buried two from the line to put the game out of reach, though the Twisters got a late putback from senior Ashley Cornelius.
The home team was held off the scoreboard for over six minutes after the opening tip, until a drive by Masavage cut SW’s lead to 5-2. Masavage’s FT ended the first frame at 7-3.
Junior Pam Meneses made 1 of 2 from the line to trim the lead to three, but Tatlock answered for the Spartans. Masavage scored three straight points late in the half to make it 9-7. With 43 seconds left, double figures were finally reached when Alison Muck scored for the road team.
Masavage led OA with 10 points and Dreyer had 6. Abby Muck scored 10 for the Spartans and Tatlock put in 9.
The Twisters lost by just two points Nov. 15 at Southwestern Hanover, falling to the Lady Rebels 39-37.
Oldenburg (0-3) welcomes Lawrenceburg Nov. 19.